Need a bit of hand-holding here…
I have two bedrooms in my basement (full-size windows, very nice) with a (soon-to-be) full private bath and small kitchenette.
I do not want to - and refuse to - list the rooms separately. My mission is to provide comfortable, budget lodging for families like mine or groups of up to 5. If the group is 3 they get one room with 2 beds; bookings for more than 3 guests also get the second room with a queen size futon.
The problem is that, on the air website, if it’s a room (not entire house) you can only list it as having 1 bedroom. When searching listings the number of bedrooms and beds is right at the top. So my listing would show “1 bedroom, 5 people, 3 beds”. It would appear, without reading further, that all 5 people would be mashed into one room. I was shopping for a place for our family of 5 recently, and if the listing had only 1 bedroom I dismissed it immediately - entire house or shared.
So I changed my listing to ‘entire house’ and changed my title to “2 Comfy Rooms in Shared Home” and my ‘about this listing’ says “Welcome! We offer two rooms, 1 bath in the lower level of our home. Room #1 is sunny with queen airbed and 1 twin. Room #2 is cozy with queen futon. 2nd bath upstairs. Kitchenette. Breakfast. Parking. Convenient to metro, UMD, market, restaurants” My description says “Welcome! This is a shared home - we live on the top floor, you will have the lower level with two rooms, a full bath, and a small kitchen area. You are also welcome to use the upstairs bathroom. We are a 5 minute walk to the F4 bus stop and a 20 minute train-ride into DC.”
At what point can I call it a ‘suite’. I don’t think it will ever have a private entrance because then the guest would have to traipse around the backyard, getting muddy, and it’s dark, and besides, we enjoy seeing our guests. (Just today we had a family who ran in the Marine Corps Marathon and it was so fun hearing about their experience).
All that for $55 for 2, $10 each additional person. (Actually I will raise my price once we get the full bathroom in.
I don’t want to mislead anyone but I want groups/families to see immediately that they will have two separate sleeping areas. Important for mixed gender families/groups. Also just so much nicer with 4 or 5 people to have a little separation!!
Thoughts? Should I just call it a ‘suite’? There is a student that also shares that space. We’d really like to ask her to move out - we thought she would move in with her boyfriend and problem solved - now they have just broken up and aurgh it’s hard to ask her to move now!!!